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Memories from Bloody Sunday nurse

Friday, 06 March 2015 10:07

Selma, Alabama (CNN)Vera Booker is a witness to history in segregated Alabama.

She participated in the Montgomery bus boycott when she was still a student, nursed civil rights protestors and ultimately played a key role in convicting the state trooper responsible for killing the young man whose death inspired the famous march from Selma to Montgomery.

Booker was just 29 years old on March 7, 1965 -- the day that would become known as Bloody Sunday.

  • Former U.S. National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden appears live via video during a student organized world affairs conference at the Upper Canada College private high school in Toronto, February 2, 2015. REUTERS/Mark Blinch

By Stephanie Nebehay

GENEVA (Reuters) – Edward Snowden has made a public appeal for Switzerland to grant him asylum, saying he would like to return to live in Geneva, where he once worked undercover for the Central Intelligence Agency.

LSU has canceled a $54 million contract for the renovation and expansion of Patrick F. Taylor Hall, according to Swedish construction firm Skanska, but LSU says the project will go forward with a second contractor.

A Skanska-Mapp Construction joint venture announced the team had won the contract in June. The total contract’s value was $77 million.

However, Meghan Parrish, a spokeswoman with the Louisiana Division of Administration, said the project hasn’t been canceled, just the contract with Skanska-Mapp.

A Folsom man was killed in an early-morning crash Friday (March 6) near Covington, State Police said. Lloyd Giddens, 27, was pronounced dead at the scene

See the Google map created by NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune listing the 283 tax-adjudicated properties available in St. Bernard Parish:

Similar to the recently-announced New Orleans

Back in November, Slate.com writer Mark Joseph Stern reported that it was unlikely a federal civil rights investigation would end with Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson

Putin slashes Kremlin salaries
Friday, 06 March 2015 09:47
Story highlights
  • Vladimir Putin cuts government salaries, including his own, by 10%
  • Move comes after Putin canceled holiday vacations

(CNN)As cheap oil and Western sanctions continue to batter Russia's economy, President Vladimir Putin slashed Kremlin salaries -- including his own -- by 10% Friday, according to state news service Tass.

Government documents released in 2014 put Putin's annual salary at nearly 3.7 million rubles -- worth about $61,000 today thanks to soaring inflation.

Washington (CNN)Alaska Republican Rep. Don Young offered an innovative proposal for addressing the problem of homelessness in America on Thursday: Release the wolves.

According to the Washington Post, Young made the comments during a House Natural Resources Committee hearing on the Interior Department's budget.

"How many of you have got wolves in your district?" he asked his colleagues "None. None. Not one."

"They haven't got a damn wolf in their whole district," Young added. "I'd like to introduce them in your district.

ByThis Is Money Market Reporters

Published: 03:56 EST, 6 March 2015 | Updated: 09:57 EST, 6 March 2015

14.40: The Footsie fell to its lows for the session as US stocks dropped and the dollar jumped today after the US economy created more jobs than expected and the unemployment rate fell by more than forecast last month ratcheting up expectations for a hike in US interest rates later this year

US added 295K jobs in February
Friday, 06 March 2015 09:47

US employers extended a healthy streak of hiring in February by adding 295,000 jobs — the 12th straight monthly gain above 200,000.

The Labor Department said Friday that the unemployment rate fell to 5.5 percent from 5.7 percent. But the decline in the rate occurred mainly because some people out of work stopped looking for jobs and were no longer counted as unemployed.

The strong job gains weren’t enough to boost wages by much. The average hourly wage rose just 3 cents in February to $24.78 an hour.

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